American Wire Gauge (AWG), also known as the Brown & Sharpe wire gauge, is a standard used for denoting the diameter of electricity conducting wires. The system is used mainly in the United States and Canada. AWG denotes the number of progressively narrower dies through which the wire is pulled through to reach a particular thinness. Smaller wires require more drawing steps, so the AWG number for those wires is larger. The system is counter-intuitive, meaning the lower the AWG, the thicker the conductor.